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February 2015 Ballot Access News Print Edition (February 26, 2015, 06:07 PM)

Ballot Access News February 1, 2015 – Volume 30, Number 9 This issue was printed on white paper. Table of Contents BALLOT ACCESS BILLS INTRODUCED IN SIX STATES SOUTH DAKOTA BILL MAY BE AMENDED TO EASE DEADLINE STRAIGHT-TICKET BILLS VIRGINIA BALLOT ACCESS BILLS LOSE PENNSYLVANIA BALLOT ACCESS CHAMPION GAINS KEY POST TWO EVENTS BOLSTER MORE

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Mississippi Sets May 12 for Special U.S. House Election (February 26, 2015, 02:01 PM)

Mississippi will hold a special U.S. House election on May 12. See this story.


North Dakota House Passes Bill to Require Special Elections for U.S. Senate (February 26, 2015, 01:05 PM)

On February 24, the North Dakota House passed HB 1181. It requires a special election when there is a vacant U.S. Senate seat. In 36 states, including currently in North Dakota, when a U.S. Senate seat becomes vacant, the Governor appoints a new Senator. The new Senator then serves until the next regularly-scheduled congressional election.

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Maine Ballot Access Bill Has Hearing March 9, Monday (February 26, 2015, 11:56 AM)

Maine LD 507 will be heard in the Joint Committee on State and Local Government on Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., in room 437 of the State House. This is the bill that sets a cap on the number of signatures needed for a candidate to get on the primary ballot of a party.

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Fox & Hounds, California Politics Blog, Publishes Article on Whether Top-Two and Poor Voter Turnout are Linked (February 26, 2015, 11:45 AM)

Fox and Hounds has this article, suggesting that California’s exclusion of minor party candidates on the general election ballot is partly responsible for low turnout in November 2014 in California. California has the nation’s biggest drop in general election turnout between November 2010 and November 2014. The article is by Richard Winger.


Vote Totals for Connecticut February 24 Special State Senate Election (February 25, 2015, 05:51 PM)

The unofficial, incomplete vote totals for Connecticut’s special election for State Senate, 23rd district, are: Edwin Gomes, Working Families 1,485; Richard DeJesus, Democrat, 791; Rev. Kenneth Moales, independent, 509; Quentin Dreher, Republican, 152; Charles Hane, independent, 105. Because the Working Families Party got over 20% of the vote in this election, it gets additional public

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Utah Senate Defeats Bill to Restore Old Caucus System (February 25, 2015, 03:54 PM)

On February 24, the Utah Senate voted against SB 43 by a vote of 19-9. Utah has been the only state in which it is impossible for anyone to get on a primary ballot unless he or she does well at a party caucus prior to the primary. In 2014 the legislature passed a law

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West Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Making Judicial Elections Non-Partisan (February 25, 2015, 02:56 PM)

On February 23, the West Virginia legislature passed HB 2010, which makes elections for state judges non-partisan. It will become law if the Governor signs it. Making judicial elections non-partisan will simplify the general election ballot. Under current law, if a qualified party doesn’t nominate anyone for a judicial post, there still must be an

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Another Texas Bill Concerning Straight-Ticket Devices (February 25, 2015, 11:47 AM)

Texas Representative Kenneth Sheets (R-Texas) has introduced HB 25. It retains the straight-ticket device in general, but removes partisan judicial races from the scope of the device. The other Texas bills concerning straight-ticket devices are: (1) HB 1288, which completely eliminates it; (2) HB 1444, which removes it for judicial offices in counties with over

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?The Hill? Carries Commentary on Top-Two by Markos Moulitsas (February 25, 2015, 12:45 AM)

The Hill, a newspaper dedicated to news about Congress, has this commentary on California’s top-two system by Markos Moulitsas, the founder of Daily Kos.


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